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| 29 August, 2017

Saudi Arabia pre-qualifies 25 bidders for 400 MW wind power project

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A WIND POWERED ENERGY STATION STANDS IN FRONT OF A CHIMNEY OF A REFINERY IN GERMANY.

Image used for illustrative purposes only. A WIND POWERED ENERGY STATION STANDS IN FRONT OF A CHIMNEY OF A REFINERY IN GERMANY.

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Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources’ Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO) has pre-qualified 25 bidders for the Request for Proposals (RFP) stage for its 400 MW wind power project in Dumat Al Jandal in the Kingdom’s Al Jouf region, it said on Tuesday.

The qualified companies will proceed to the RFP stage as either “managing members” or “technical members” – or both – based on their experience in delivering independent power producer (IPP) projects, REPDO said in a press statement.

Companies qualified as managing and technical members include Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company PJSC-Masdar; Acciona Energía Global, S.L; Cobra Instalaciones y servicios S.A; EDF Energies Nouvelles; Enel Green Power S.p.A; Enercon; GE; Gestamp Eólica Sl; International Power SA Dubai Branch (ENGIE); Korean Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO); Marubeni Corporation; Mitsui & Co. LTD; Siemens Project Ventures; Sumitomo Corporation and Toyota Tsusho Corporation (TTC).

Companies qualified as managing member include ACWA Power; JGC Corporation; SNC-Lavalin Arabia LLC, and Sojitz Corporation, while companies qualified as technical members include Akuo Energy; Elecnor; Martifer Renewables (MTR); Nordex Acciona Windpower; Vestas Middle East, and Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology Co (Goldwind),

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A company or consortium whose application is unsuccessful as either a “manager or Technical member” will have the opportunity to participate in future Request for Quotations (RFQ) and RFPs under the National Renewable Energy Program (NREP), the statement added.

Bidding for the 400 MW wind power project, which marks the second of two tenders for round one of the NREP, is set to close in January 2018.

Khalid Al Falih, Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, said, in the press statement, that the round two of the NREP will be launched before the year-end, in order to deliver 9.5GW of renewable energy by 2023.

Round one of the NREP comprised 300MW of Solar PV in Sakaka, Al Jouf region, for which the bid opening will take place on October 3 and winning bids will be announced on November 27, the statement said. 

The Dumat Al Jandal and Sakaka projects are both 100 per cent private IPP programmes, which will be backed by 20- and 25-year power purchase agreements, respectively.

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